Monday, August 30, 2010

Torn Apart by Diony George

This book reminds me why I love true stories so much! I think there is great power in sharing our stories in the hopes to touch the lives of others. Diony has definitely touched mine and opened my eyes to the evil addition of pornography in LDS families.

Torn Apart's Book Trailer
(Torn apart is Diony's true story but she has written it in third person naming herself Alyson)

Diony and I did a book swap where I gave her my book and she gave me hers.  We also want to share each other's stories with the world so we are posting reviews and interviews on our blogs.

To read her review about my book A Future for Tomorrow click here: Diony's Blog.

Back to my thoughts about Torn Apart--WOW! I felt like I couldn't read fast enough! I know it's a good book when after each chapter or so I found myself telling my husband what was happening and later he would ask me what happened next. 
I admit I have been completely naive in the subject matter of pornography. I knew the church has been concerned for a while and lately their warnings seem to be in every conference and meeting so I knew the pornographic filth had spread to faithful members of our church.
After reading Diony's book I better understood the true evil, addictive power and destructiveness it can cause.
I admire Diony for exposing her true story. I know this book has and will continue to help many.

A big frustration concerning my own book about overcoming anorexia is the believe someone might have that if they don't suffer from an eating disorder or if someone they love doesn't then they wont gain anything from reading my book.  I had this thought for a split second about Diony's book because I've been blessed to not have pornography effect my live but I quickly dismissed that thought and am glad I did.

Diony wrote this on her blog about my book and I feel it applies completely to her own book:

"Haley's story will fill you with hope, and leave you believing, if she could triumph over such a devastating illness, you could triumph over your trials and heartaches, too. "  

Seeing Diony overcome such heartbreak and seemingly insurmountable situations to find a life now full of joy can give anyone hope and courage for whatever their trails are. 

Torn Apart also brings awareness. I have two young sons so in years to come this will be something I will want to be able to protect them from and the best way to do this is to understand myself the power of pornography, I have Torn Apart to thank for giving me this knowledge and resource.

 I also was able to see that pornography can be a catalyst and stepping stone to other abominations. I don't want to give any of her book away but my jaw dropped more than once while reading it. I admire Diony's strength to rely on the Lord to get her though the rough times she depicts in her book.

I think Torn Apart will also give comfort to righteous women who's life has been tainted by porn through no fault of their own. 

I'm glad my path as crossed Diony's and I encourage all of you to get her book and read it asap!
I had two questions I wanted to ask Diony here they are with her valuable answers:
Me: What can we as parents do to prevent our sons from getting sucked into the poison of pornography?

Diony: The best thing we can do as parents is teach our children at a young age, age appropriate information. There is a story on my blog about my son when he was in second grade.

Children need to be warned to stay away from pornography just as they are warned to stay away from drugs and alcohol. Teach them what to do if an inappropriate picture pops up on the computer, or if someone wants to show them an inappropriate magazine or book.

One thing we also do in my family with my kids is we have a laptop computer for them to use. They need permission before logging on and also must use the computer with someone else in the room. That hopefully is preventing future problems.

Me: When did you decide to write your book and why?
Diony: I decided to write my book several years ago, in hopes of helping to prevent another couple and family from experiencing the devastation and heartache mine did. It also shares a powerful message of hope, and that as you turn to God in faith, he will give you the strength to overcome heartache and difficult trials in life.
Get her book now:

Also, her book is available at Deseret Book and Seagull Book and Tape.

Thank you once again Diony for writing this book and helping countless souls with our journey here on Earth!


Micaela L. Hess said...

That looks like another great book! Thanks for sharing, Haley.

Micaela L. Hess said...

That looks like another great book. Porn is something that truly scares me, both as a wife and a mother. We all need to become more aware of what's out there so that we can effectively combat it. Thanks for sharing, Haley!

Micaela L. Hess said...

That looks like another great book. Porn is something that truly scares me, both as a wife and a mother. We all need to become more aware of what's out there so that we can effectively combat it. Thanks for sharing, Haley!

Diony said...

Thanks Haley for featuring my book on your blog today!

Haley Hatch Freeman said...

Thanks Micaela, so true!

Diony- you are welcome, it was my pleasure.